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Institutional Locksmiths' Association
P.O. Box 84
Butler, WI - 53007


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2020 ILA National Educational Conference

ILA Annual General Membership Meeting October 25, 2020

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Central Time

With the COVID-19 crisis still in full swing, the Executive Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 ILA National Educational Conference.We will continue to work on the 2021 ILA National Educational Conference scheduled in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The ILA National By-Laws state we must meet in-person annually.This is normally scheduled during the Conference.Without a Conference this year, we have opted to use an online approach as approved by Roberts Rules.We will use Go To Meeting for the meeting format.You will receive a meeting invitation and ID to sign in at least 30 days prior to the meeting. A reminder email will be sent closer to the date. We do want to meet as General Membership and discuss anything brought before the Executive Board.More information will come later.In the meantime, please post your questions,concerns,thoughts and insights to this secretary by e-mail.I will share them with the Board.

Thank you for your support.

ILA National Secretary
Byron Jones

The Institutional Locksmiths' Association is
a Nonprofit Association
ILA is a 501(C)(6) corporation

About the ILA and Who we Are

ILA is scheduling its 2021 Educational Conference:

The 2021 National Educational Conference and annual Membership meeting will
be held in October
in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Dates will be posted here shortly.   

The ILA Conference brochure for 2021 is coming soon!
Brochure will be available Here when available

NEW Member Benefit!
ILA Members get a discount on ClearStar Security Network.
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Executive Minutes are now public!
On Jan 10, 2016 the Executive Board voted to move the
meeting minutes from the password protected
executive-only section to the public portion of the website.

(See menu to the left!)

About YOUR Dues!

On October 09, 2014 the Executive Board announced the first raise in dues since Chapters were formed in 1987, four years after the birth of the ILA. Dues were to be raised from $50 annually to $100 annually, which is still about a third of competing organization fees.

However, they opened it up to discussion at the Membership meeting. A proposal was made from the floor to encourage the Board to instead raise it by $10 a year for five years, capping it then at the $100.

The Board expressed some concerns that this might feel as if they were constantly raising rates, but agreed to do so, to give people a chance to adjust their budget in these often trying times.


Therefore your dues will be:
2015 $60
2016 $70
2017 $80
2018 $90
2019 $100
2020 and Beyond $100
Who We Are

We are locksmiths, carpenters, and building engineers employed by and/or working for colleges, universities, hospitals, companies, institutions and government facilities involved in the installation, servicing, maintenance, specifying and/or recommending of of mechanical, electro-mechanical or electronic security and life safety hardware.

Why the Institutional Locksmiths' Association?

Institutional locksmiths found themselves with problems but nowhere to turn for help. We needed a forum to be able to discuss problems which occur in the institutional environment, such as:

* Help with key control and master keying issues
* Help with technical information
* Help locating parts, supplies, key codes, etc.
* Help communicating internal needs to their institution.
* Help with electronic or access control issues.

Benefits to Institutions

We are dedicated to increasing our professionalism for the benefit of our institutions through....

* Education
* Communication
* Cooperation
* Certification

Our Corporate and Associate Members include factory representatives and distributors of locksmith and security supplies. These contacts are invaluable to your institution by offering to members of the ILA:

* Free or low-cost training
* Products updates
* New product reviews


Benefits to the Industry

The ILA acts as a liaison between Institutional Locksmiths and Mainstream Locksmiths through cooperative efforts with Industry Associations, as well as helping our members to better assist external providers to do their work more professionally. We welcome those mainstream Locksmiths who have a strong interest in the care and handling of an Institution's security hardware related needs. The ILA offers low cost training on Institutional hardware at their National Education Conference. Additionally, each member represents thousands of doors, giving us a strong voice in the industry, which can benefit all Locksmiths.


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